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News from around the Mitchell region, compiled from weekly newspapers:

White Lake

MAIL CARRIER HONORED: Local mail carrier Gene Hagerty was honored for 25 years of career -- and accident-free -- service by the United States Postal Service.

Hagerty began his career in 1981 as a substitute carrier and was promoted to regular rural carrier in 1988. He has driven more than 940,000 miles delivering mail to patrons of Rural Route 1.

"It's been a long ride and I've worn out a lot of ponies," he said. "I am looking forward to my last dismount on Saturday."

Hagerty officially retires today.

-- Aurora County Standard & White Lake Wave


NEW AG PROGRAM: A pilot program through the state department of agriculture looks to find the best sites for agriculture development in Brule County.

Hutchinson, Lincoln and Codington counties will also be part of the state-funded Rural Ag Development Site Identification program.

"The whole goal of this thing is to identify potential development property where it makes the most sense," said Greg Henderson, executive director of Planning and Development District III, in Yankton. The information gleaned will be used to offer information to local landowners and potential developers.

-- The Chamberlain-Oacoma Sun

Bon Homme County

BUILDING PERMITS DOWN SLIGHTLY: Eighty building permits have been issued to date in Bon Homme County, compared with 98 in 2012.

The dollar figure is higher this year as there are quite a number of grain bins being built.

--The Scotland Journal


FFA BARNYARD OLYMPICS: On Aug. 22, the Platte-Geddes FFA hosted the Barnyard Olympics, an FFA fundraising event.

Contestants ran while balancing an egg on a spoo,; pounded two fence posts into the ground, tossed six square hay bales, drove a lawnmower through a cone course, and, lastly, chugged a glass of lemonade.

Dustin McIntosh, of Bank of the West, took first place.

-- Charles Mix County News


BEEF FACILITY PURCHASED: The former Dakota Beef facility has been purchased by Ben Weeks, of Denver.

The facility will be renamed "43 Storage" and will be used by Upload Storage, a trucking company that will use the facility for cold and dry storage, for products that will be shipped across the United States.

Improvements to the building include the addition of a new insulated concrete floor and a new roof over the freezer section of the facility.

-- Miner County Pioneer


ENROLLMENT UP: There are 383 students enrolled in the Gregory School District.

That's an increase of 13 students over the 2012-13 term. Six foreign exchange students in the senior class were included in the count.

The largest class is the begindergarten/kindergarten class with 53 students enrolled.

-- Gregory Times-Advocate